Fantastic quality French 18th Century corded & quilted baby’s cap with pulled work and French knots, worked in three panels. Purpose made possibly in a Marseille atelier.
The back section with a central pointed flower, the petals filled with two designs of drawn threadwork, a plain linen flap to the back neck area, enclosed by fruiting branches, all cord quilted, infilled with minute French knots, the two front panels with a central join similarly worked, all in creamy linen.
There are some light brown markings all over the cap. I would imagine a conservator could remove these.
The International Quilt Study Collection in Nebraska has many examples of broderie de Marseille.
The Quilter's Guild Collection
Similar shape to cap in Marseille. The Cradle of White Corded Quilting by Kathryn Berenson, p 94. 4.16b. More information on p 82.
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